The deputy leader of Morgan Lewis’s global investment management practice, Courtney Nowell advises global institutional investor clients on the terms of their inbound and outbound investments, including into private equity and other co-mingled open-ended and closed-ended investment funds. She has over 20 years’ experience drafting and negotiating the terms of investment agreements and side letters for clients investing into leveraged buyout, venture capital, distressed debt, special opportunity, real estate, hedge, energy, infrastructure, and credit funds. She also represents investors in opportunity and sidecar funds, co-investment funds and with the drafting and negotiating of funds of one and other bespoke strategic private investment partnerships.
Courtney’s clients include sovereign wealth funds and major public and private pension funds, as well as foundations, endowments and family offices.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Courtney was a partner at another global law firm and a member of its global board. She also worked at a national accounting and professional services firm where she advised on tax rulings and tax legislative developments.
Courtney is a former member of the board of directors of a foundation that supports a legal fellowship program that awards fellowships to law students who demonstrate a commitment to public service and public policy.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1999, LL.M., Taxation
College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, 1996, J.D.
Wellesley College, 1993, B.A., cum laude
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
US Tax Court
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Investment Funds: Investor Representation, USA, Chambers Global (2022, 2023)
Ranked, Investment Funds: Investor Representation, USA - Nationwide, Chambers USA (2021–2023)
Recognized, Best Law Firms for Fund Formation & Management, United States (Recommended), Leaders League and Décideurs (2021)
Recommended, Investment fund formation and management: Private equity funds (including venture capital), The Legal 500 US (2020–2023)